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The Return of Alfred

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The Return of Alfred


Published August 20, 2011


LibriVox recording of The Return of Alfred, by Herbert George Jenkins. Read by Anna Simon.

The hero of the book is at a loose end, weary and bored of his old life after returning from the Great War. After an argument with his uncle and a railway strike he finds himself lost in the county of Norfolk at ten o’clock one night. When he seeks shelter in a country home, the butler immediately recognizes him as “Mr. Alfred”, the missing son of the house. From that point onwards, our hero, who gives his name as “James Smith”, finds himself in for an exciting time.
Not only does he inherit the friends of “Mr. Alfred”, but also the odium of his misdoings. Protestations are useless: the villagers are convinced he is the prodigal son. Of course, he could just leave the village – but then, had he not been hoping for something exciting to happen – and more importantly, what about Marjorie, the girl at the window?

Originally published anonymously, this romantic comedy was just signed “by the author of “Patricia Brent, Spinster” (a book that was also published anonymously) with a dedication: “To those in many countries who have generously assumed responsibility for the authorship of Patricia Brent, Spinster – this book is dedicated by the author”.

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Reviewer: mikezane - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2014
Subject: Enrapturing story!
If you have to keep listening, even when you are done for the day, well, it's a good story.

Our hero 'James Smith' is providencially left in a small town where he looks very much like the local rich boy/troublemaker. Even the family butler and the nursemaid swear James is the missing Alfred.

James decides to stay for a while and see the thing through, to perhaps help the missing Alfred, and also because of the lovely Marjorie.

The reader did an excellent job, and the recording quality was likewise excellent. I enjoyed this story very much, thank you!
Reviewer: lindaisling - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2013
Subject: Such fun!
Anna makes the story come alive! She is terrific and the story is great fun. :)
Reviewer: Womandy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2013
Subject: A most enjoyable story
Thank you Anna for a great reading.
Reviewer: the bookworm turns - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2012
Subject: Good story, delightfully read
Anna Simon reads this Wodehouse-style romance with just the right touch of lightness and whimsey. Listen and enjoy!
Reviewer: benefitsingers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2012
Subject: Entertaining
This story is very entertaining. It has lots of twists and turns, because of the mistaken identity of the main character. Parts of the story are a bit far fetched but the characters are likeable. If you are looking for something light and fun, this is a enjoyable story. Anna Simon has a lovely voice and she brings these charming characters to life. Thank you Anna for your time, I will look for your voice again in other books.
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